While Mum’s Away – Easy & Freezable Meals for the Family

 

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I’m very excited to be going away next week on my first ever blogging conference, yes there is such a thing!  ProBlogger is hosting a conference on all things blogging on the Gold Coast and I will be away for 4 days.  I’m excited because of all the things I’m going to learn, to be meeting, in real life, people I’ve got to know through the blogging world and being in only adult company for 4 days, on the Gold Coast!!! Happy, happy days.

Do you leave your family to fend for themselves on the meal front if/when you go away or do you like to stock up the fridge & freezer for them?  It’s interesting, I’m on my own with the girls most of the time and nobody thinks twice about what the family will be eating but when the Mum goes away……(that could take us to a whole different topic, one for another day perhaps?).

I could let them fend for themselves and they would survive just fine for 4 days on hot chips, sausages, ice cream and the school canteen which is what would probably be served up if I didn’t do anything but being a control freak on the food front I like to have something reasonably nutritious available for them so that means stockpiling food in the days leading up.

Anyway it got me thinking and so I put together this…While Mum’s Away – Easy & Freezable Meals for the Family. Actually I shouldn’t make it just about when Mum’s away, should I? Here’s a list of easy food for when the main household cooker is away:

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Banana Bread is always a winner in lunch boxes and you can make a loaf in advance and put away some slices in the freezer for when you are away (and also for the day you get back when there is nothing and it all gets handed back over to you again anyway!).  If you click on the link it will take you to my all time favourite Banana Bread and a really, really good gluten free one too – 2 recipes in one post!

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I used to make these faces on the pies when the girls were younger (and had to hide the mash in one of the pies) but now I just make a big one for all of us but you can’t go past a good Shepherds pie (standard one) or a yummy spiced one can you and it’ just needs to be heated up.

Honey Soy Chicken Wings / Bits  with rice and veggies is another meal that just needs to be whacked in the oven.

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You can prepare the marinade in advance and throw in the chicken with it in a zip lock or freezer bag and store in the freezer until needed.  Rice in the rice cooker is fairly straight forward as are the veggies but the rice in those part cooked bags is also good in these types of situations and is ready in minutes.

Chicken Pesto Pasta can be as easy as boiling up the pasta, throwing in some veggies, cooking the chicken and mixing all together with pesto, healthy, tasty, quick & achievable! Yes?

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Tacos don’t just have to be on a Tuesday.  The chilli can be made in advance and frozen and then they can pick and mix to their hearts content with the fillings when the time comes to eat it.

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Of course there’s always trusty old Spag Bol, or a slightly different take is Allspice Lamb & Zucchini Pasta, the sauces can be frozen and just the pasta needs to be cooked on the night.  Steak & 3 Vege or lamb cutlets is also achievable don’t you think?

Some easy lunches are:

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Super quick & easy homemade pizza using lavosh or mountain bread and whatever favourite topping they like.

I often make a batch of Chicken & Vege Sausage Rolls and freeze some for lunches.

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Then of course there’s toasted sandwiches, the classic Tuna Melt,

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or many ways with English Muffins

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Last, but not least there are always eggs;

Omelettes, scrambled, poached eggs

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and of course my all time favourite boiled eggs & soldiers (hmm, probably time to update that photo!)

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So tell me, do you let them fend for themselves or stock pile food for them when you go away?  Do you have a freezer favourite?

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30 comments on “While Mum’s Away – Easy & Freezable Meals for the Family

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    August 4, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Man cannot live on cheese on toast alone (even though my husband thinks he can,) so I left the hubster three weeks of meal plans and dinners in the freezer while I was away. Pies, curries and pretty much any meal with mince are our staples, although I met a lady at the nail bar, who was doing the same for her other half, and she even cooked and froze the rice in portions! But, that’s one step too far for me! I don’t think anyone will be going hungry at BES Central by the looks of things!

    • Vicki
      August 4, 2015 at 9:11 am

      I think my MIL has decided to come for a visit too while I’m away so I think the kitchen will be overflowing now!

  2. Emily
    August 4, 2015 at 10:11 am

    This is SO GOOD. So very good. A one-stop shop for long-term meal prep. Thank you so much!
    I’ve never gone away for more than a few days so usually make a massive pasta bake and leave it in the fridge, along with some pizza bases and ingredients in case the pasta runs out and/or they get sick of it. But as the workload increases and the travel needs get longer, I’ll be coming back for ideas. #teamIBOT

    • Vicki
      August 4, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      Thank you Em. Pasta bakes are good too – will add it to my next list!

  3. stephanie@stephsjoy
    August 4, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    You are so organised, I have not even thought about meals for the boys whilst I am away, thanks for the reminder! x

    • Vicki
      August 4, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks Steph – I haven’t actually made them yet just thought about it!

  4. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    August 4, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    These are great ideas! I’ve never left all three of my boys for more than a couple of days and I always like to make sure the fridge is well stocked with easy meals and snacks and there are also some frozen pastas meals for them too.

    • Vicki
      August 4, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      Thanks Lauren I look forward to seeing you next week. x

  5. Sally@Toddlers on Tour
    August 4, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I good selection of things to have prepared in advanced. I love just having some easy meals ready to go on those busy days.

    • Vicki
      August 4, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      It’s always good to have some meals in the freezer isn’t it.

  6. Mumma McD
    August 4, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for some great ideas! My husband and kids would happily have fish and chips every night, this should add a bit of variety!
    See you at PB!!

    • Vicki
      August 4, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      Mine would be happy with fish & chips too and I’m sure they will be having it at least once!! See you there. x

  7. Aleney
    August 4, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Oh you are good! I’ll be leaving mine to fend for themselves… which means they’ll be gettting sausages for dinner every night. 😉

    • Vicki
      August 4, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      Ha. It’s some control freakery on my behalf I think!

  8. Hugzilla
    August 4, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Those pies are adorable!! Looking forward to catching up with you very soon. And just wanted to let you know that you have a lot of html code showing in your post (that doesn’t link to anything), so there might be a little glitch there!

    • Vicki
      August 4, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      Thank you Hugzy. I don’t know what is going on with the coding, I’m having it looked at as I can’t seem to get rid of it, weird. Can’t wait to finally meet you next week.

  9. Maxabella
    August 5, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    This will be a lifesaver even if mum is not leaving the building at all… x

    • Vicki
      August 5, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks Bron, always handy to have some quick & easy meals for others to make for you! x

  10. Jo @ You had us at hello
    August 6, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    This is on my list of things to do, thanks for some new recipes ? I’ve got Mum coming down to the farm to look after the boys so if I can premake meals, more time for them all to play!!

    • Vicki
      August 7, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      My MIL in now coming to look after the girls so want to do the same! Can’t wait to see you next week x

  11. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    August 7, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Yum!! These are such great ideas. Hehehe I love the smiley face shepherds pies!!! Cant wait to see you again at PB next week! Woo hoo!!!! Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party – have a great weekend!! xxx

    • Vicki
      August 7, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks Lucy, can’t wait to see you too. x

  12. Dannielle@Zamamabakes
    August 7, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    What a great round up Vicki!
    I was just starting to think today about making sure the groceries are done and that there’s meals to grab or be easily prepared while I’m away. Zadada goes great in the cooking department, he’s the Nacho, scrambled egg and lemon meringue pie guru in our house (I think he’ll be just fine) but I think I’ll prepare them a meal or two just in case probably spag bol or maybe a lasagne if they’re super lucky ;), if they don’t eat it that’ll be one less meal I have to cook when I get home xx

    • Vicki
      August 8, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      It’s the coming home part too isn’t it! My MIL is coming to look after the girls as the husband is away so I want to make it easy for her too.x

  13. Danielle @ Several Kinds of Crazy
    August 8, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Great little meal ideas there, I’m only headed away for the one night so I won’t need to plan too much. Probably just buy some ravioli as its something they all eat 🙂

    • Vicki
      August 8, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Ravioli for the win – I might get some too, good idea!

  14. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    August 9, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I have to admit I let them fend for themselves but that is mostly because my hubby is a good cook and does most of our cooking anyways lol. I do keep meaning to stock up on freezer meals just to make our life easier but then the thought of spending all that time in the kitchen… errrrr yeah no 😉 I hope you have the most amazing time at Problogger hun. I will be cheering you all on from the sidelines xx

    • Vicki
      August 9, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you Son, we have to put a date in the diary then before I leave Sydney in September x

  15. Shan@FortyUp
    August 20, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Lucky for me, my mum grocery shopped & cooked for my 2 terrors while I was at PB! This list is just a great list of family friendly meals!!! Love those little shepherd pie faces & that pesto pasta is going on my meal planner for next week for sure!! xx

    • Vicki
      August 21, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      So lovely to meet you last weekend. The pesto pasta is so easy and I hide all sorts of green things in it! My MIL came to look after teh girls but as she doesn’t really know Sydney I wanted to have it all sorted for her!

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